By Pema Donyo ‘17
impACT Members at the Net Impact Conference
This year, four enterprising student impACT members – Max Breitbarth ‘17, Jessie Capper ‘17, Maggie Miller ‘16, Amy Wu ‘18 – traveled to Minneapolis on November 6th-8th to attend the 2014 edition of the Net Impact Conference. Their mission was to learn as much as they could about how others are creating social impact in the world and to bring back the lessons from this experience to share with the Claremont community. The CMC conference attendees loved the opening keynote speaker, entrepreneur and humanitarian activist, Dan Pallotta, and his focus on the how non-profits are crippled by the demands they face to cut essential overhead spending to meet perceptions of how a non-profit should be run. Afterward, CMC student representatives networked with fellow students, social entrepreneurs, and organizational representatives, while also attending breakout panel sessions and workshops on topics ranging from revitalizing underserved communities in America, environmental sustainability, and cutting edge approaches to fostering innovation. One standout keynote speech came from Mosanto Vice President of Sustainability and Signature Partnerships, Natalie DiNicola, who defended the role of large agribusiness corporations in meeting the global food demands of our society in a productive discussion. Now that the group is back in Claremont and settled in, look for them to share their experiences as well as detailing opportunities to increase your social impact through upcoming student impACT meetings and facilitated workshops.
Community Service with Shoes That Fit
Shoes That Fit is a Claremont-based nonprofit organization which seeks to provide new shoes and clothing for school to children in need throughout the United States. Several KLI student employees volunteered with Shoes That Fit on November 22 to organize a large shipment of shoes for the local nonprofit. Half the volunteers worked in the Claremont office, while the other half organized shoes in a warehouse in Upland. “A lot of people do not have the same opportunities or the same resources,” says Isabella Kelly ’18. “So I thought that it was important to help today and make that happen.” To hear more about what the KLI student employees had to say about volunteering, find it here.